Serena Coetzee

Serena Coetzee

Head of Department: Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology

Professor: Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology

Program Coordinator: BScHons Geoinformatics

email: [email protected]
Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 3823
Office: Geography Building 1-3.7
Consultation: By appointment via [email protected].za 

Research profile

My research focuses on the ever-increasing volumes of geospatial information and the management and governance challenges related to making it available, accessible and usable. The research is interdisciplinary, mainly in GISc, cartography, information systems and technologies, and contributes to understanding and solving these challenges in the context of SDIs, based on open principles and standards, often at municipal level for address data. The problem statements or case studies typically originate from practical challenges in South Africa.

In 2023, I was elected as one of the Vice Presidents of the International Cartographic Association (ICA). For many years, I actively participated in international geographic information standardization efforts through the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) technical committee ISO/TC 211, Geographic Information/Geomatics, and nationally through the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) mirror committee. I led the work on ISO 19160-1, Addressing Part 1: Conceptual model, and on ISO 19160-2:2023, Addressing Part 2: Assigning and maintaining addresses for objects in the physical worldI was also the project lead for different parts of SANS 1883, Geographic information -- Addresses. These standards facilitate the assignment of addresses, e.g., in former townships, rural areas and informal settlements, and they contribute to online validation of addresses required for e-commerce and e-governance.


  • BSc Computer Science and Mathematics - University of Pretoria
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science (cum laude) - University of Pretoria
  • Higher National Education Diploma (HNED) - University of Pretoria
  • MSc Computer Science (cum laude) - University of Pretoria
  • PhD Computer Science - University of Pretoria


Courses presented

Honours (BScHons)

  • GIS 705 - Advanced geospatial data (2020-present)
  • GIS 701 - Research methods (2016-present)
  • GIS 702/UNI 792 - Research project (2011-2020)
  • GIS 703/UNI 791 - GIS professional practice (2011-2019)
  • COS 787 - Spatial databases (2009-2016)
  • VRS 780 - Distributed systems (2006-2008)

Undergraduate (BSc)

  • GMC 110 - Cartography (2017-present)
  • GIS 120 - Introduction to Geoinformatics (2012-2016)
  • GMT 320 - Geoinformatics project (2014)
  • COS 326 - Databases systems (2007-2010)
  • COS 343 - IT Trends (2006)
  • COS 151 - Introduction to Computer Science (2009-2010)
  • COS 130 - Introduction to programming (2006-2008)
  • COS 333 - Programming languages (2006)

Research publications

Please click here for the profile on Research Gate. Publications available through the UP repository: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3.

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